Sensational Kipchoge storms to Berlin victory


Kipchoge, Kipsang and Bekele have all vowed to obliterate Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's world best 2:02:57, but it is Kipchoge who yesterday threw down the gauntlet and asked for a half-way pace of 60 minutes and 45 seconds.

"The conditions were not easy, because of the rain, but fortunately there was not too much wind".

The race, then, was down to just one of the Big 3 - Kipchoge - but luckily, no one told Adola that he wasn't supposed to be a factor here.

Adola finished 14 seconds behind, and the Ethiopian surprised by pushing Kipchoge hardest. Inspired by clouds, for the first time ever, BOOST is reimagined in a white and silver marble pattern. adidas athletes Kipsang, Makau and Kandie to wear the revolutionary shoe to achieve new records in Berlin.

With two kilometres to run Kipchoge made his move and Adola had no response, leaving the 2015 victor to pull clear and take another impressive victory - his eighth in nine marathon starts.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the highly-billed Berlin Marathon, missing the world record by a mere 35 seconds under wet weather conditions in the Germany city.

Kipsang set the world record of 2:03:23 during the 2013 Berlin Marathon where a total of seven men's world records have been broken between 1998 and 2014.

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Kipsang suddenly stopped at the 30kms point and was clearly ill.

The debutant made his move with around five kilometers remaining, but Kipchoge stayed on his tail and drew level by the 40-kilometer mark before pulling away for the victory.

"Kipchoge is a determined individual and his clamor to lower the world record can not be gainsaid".

"I didn't expect Adolo but I am happy for him".

Kipchoge won the race in 2:03:32 and Adola crossed the line in second in 2:03:46, the fastest debut in world history.

While the drizzle dampened the top three's hopes of breaking the record, it provided relief for the majority of the 43,000 runners with more modest ambitions. Adola, according to stat man Ken Nakamura, has a lifetime best over the half-marathon of 59:06, is now the second-fastest Ethiopian of all-time, ahead of the great Haile Gebrselassie. In 2016, he won the London Marathon and the Rio Olympic Marathon.